Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My MakeUp Routine

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I know some of you will probably be overwhelmed by the number of products in the picture & the assumption that I use all of them every single day! While I love experimenting with make up, I really don't have the time to do it to the T daily. So when I'm running late, I will just dab on some concealer on the spots that need it, swipe on my favourite mascara, slap some lipstick & I'm off. So this routine that I'm taking you through is the one that I follow when I do have that extra 10 minutes to spare or when I'm obligated to put in some effort. 
Also these are some of my favourite products at the moment so in case you're looking for something new to try, give these a go. Being a makeup geek, I always have an eye out for the newest & best products available in the beauty world. So if you see some brands that are not available in India yet, I have either bagged them while travelling or requested a friend to grab it for me!

Foundation- I prefer using a light weight foundation on a day to day basis. So it's either the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation or the Lancome Miracle Air de Teint foundation. They are both easy to put on and even out my skin perfectly. I use the shade 30 Beige in the Chanel Foundation & 035 in the Miracle Air de Teint foundation. Both these foundations are non-comedogenic which makes them appropriate for regular use. They are both as good, so go for the one in which you find your perfect shade match!

Concealer- I think investing in a good concealer is so essential. My favourite is the MAC Studio Finish concealer. There is nothing this concealer can't hide which is why it can be used over a foundation or even on it's own! Another one that I recently stumbled upon is the Revlon Colourstay concealer which I usually just use under my eyes. I use NC37 in the Studio Finish concealer and 04 Medium in the Colourstay.

Eyebrows- I frankly did not care about my eyebrows until a year ago but now it's an obsession. I use an eyebrow pencil to slightly fill them in and create a fuller shape. My Clinique eye brow pencil in 02 is a go to! I recently also got hold of the coveted Brow Wiz by Anastasia in Brunette & after having used it I completely understand why people are so addicted to it! It's long wearing & I love the spooly that it comes with! If you ever get a chance to try this, don't hesitate because it is worth every penny you'll spend!

Eyeliner- I was a loyalist to the MAC gel liner which still remains an all time favourite. But I ran out of it one fateful day and out of urgency I tried out the Bourjois Intuitive liner which turned out to be the best pen eyeliner I have ever tried! It aids fail proof application & dries matte. And I swear, it helps creating a winged eyeliner so much easier & quicker.

Pencil Liner- For my waterline, I prefer using a brown or grey liner during the day time. It's not as harsh as black and works wonderfully in defining the eyes. I love the Lancome & Revlon liners because they are super pigmented and last through the day.

Mascara- This is my favourite and most important step. I love loading my lashes up with mascara & sometimes I even mix two mascaras to achieve the desired effect. Benefit's They're Real mascara is my current favourite. It lengthens & adds volume! The wand is perfect to coat every single lash without making it look clumpy. It's waterproof so it lasts all day through thick & thin. Lancome mascara's are probably some of the best ones out in the market. The Hypnose Drama and the Hypnose Precious Cells are by far my most used mascaras! If you're trying out a high end mascara for the first time, go for the Hypnose Drama!

Blush- I love pink blushes. The shades vary depending on my mood but this Amazonian clay blush by Tarte in Fearless has been my everyday pick. It creates the most natural glow adding just the right amount of colour to your face. My other favourites have to be Tweak by Illamasqua which is a bright poppy pink, Deep throat by Nars which is a soft shimmery pink blush & Expresso by Nyx which is a gorgeous dusty rose, perfect for Indian skintones.

Bronzer- I switch between this Clinique bronzer and my MAC Matte Bronze bronzer. The Clinique bronzer in Sunkissed has slight shimmer which makes it perfect to use a blush as well. I've spoken about the Matte Bronze by MAC  in this video before. It is perfect for contouring and it photographs brilliantly because it's matte.

Lipstick- I prefer a very natural lip colour for the day. Cosmo, Please Me & Chatterbox by MAC are the kind of shades I tend to go for. I love applying the lipstick and then slightly dabbing it off on a tissue & repeating this step at least 3 times! This makes the lipstick last longer and also makes it appear very natural.

Fix Plus- I don't like using a powder to set my make up on a daily basis. I find it too heavy & hence MAC's Fix plus works perfectly for me! Once I am done with all my steps, I close my eyes and do 3 spritz all over my face. Leaving it to dry for 10 seconds, sets up make up and makes it looks fantastic! Fix plus is a really great product. You can use it to refresh your make up at any point of the day & I even use to intensify my eye shadows sometimes. It seems like an unnecessary product but trust me, once you start using it, there is no going back.


These steps may seem taxing and complicated but it literally takes me less than 10 minutes to go through them. I skip some steps on certain days depending on the amount of time I have. But if you're a beginner, I'd suggest getting a good concealer, a great mascara & a lipstick in a shade you love! You could use the tip of the mascara to slightly line your waterline and double up the lipstick as a blush. Let me know which products you love to use on a daily basis! Also, do comment below if you'd like me to do a post on the make up products I use on the days when I'm shooting.


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Thursday, August 7, 2014

#SportySexyGlam by Michael Kors

Being your own boss has it's own pros & cons. When on certain days, I can take the day off and do what I want, on other days I cannot even think of sitting still! On such hectic days I do need a pick me up every now and then to keep me going. Perfumes illustrate luxury in the most minuscule way. They make you feel pampered, confident and brand new with just one spritz! For me it’s an instant pick me up at any given point of the day. Unlike what most think, being a fashion blogger is not just about looking good; that is in fact just an added pressure, something we are constantly expected to be! But looking good is not just about your clothes, it has to come from within. Confidence & allure are elements that make an outfit look perfect!

When I have a hectic day ahead of me brimming with activities that require me to play different roles, I take aid from my perfumes to help me transform swiftly. Michael Kors’ new fragrance collection features three stunning scents: Sporty, Sexy & Glam which perfectly encompasses the multi-faceted qualities of a modern woman! Effortlessly capturing a mood, rather than a trend, the scents are at once timeless and evocative of urban women. The stunning, minimalistic bottles compliment the notion just as well.

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Perfume- Sporty Citrus by Michael Kors, Bag- Michael Kors, Jacket- Zara, Maxi- New Look, Cropped top- Forever21, Sunglasses- Zara

This first look is what I wore to an important client meeting. Now, early morning meetings are always hard to accomplish but I was determined to make it because I frankly couldn’t afford to mess this one up! My outfit was inspired by the Sporty Citrus scent by Michael Kors, which is a clean & bright perfume with dazzling bursts of citrus depicting an active, effortless everyday style! I started with a simple black maxi skirt and threw on a white cropped top. Now for a regular day, this would have been fine but because I was heading to a meeting, I decided to throw on this hot pink scuba moto jacket! I went for no jewellery except a pair of sunglasses and a structured tan bag. Stylish yet comfy, the outfit portrayed the easy going and fresh frame of mind that this unique scent put me in.


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Perfume- Glam Jasmine by Michael Kors, Bag- Michael Kors, Skirt- Asos (similar),Shirt- Zara, Shoes- Asos, Necklace- Zara, Shot at- ISDI

Next, I was required to be present at an event which compelled me to put my fashion foot forward. For this, I chose Michael Kors' Glam Jasmine fragrance which is a feminine scent with a bouquet of lush jasmine and creamy wood and is bound to turn heads! I went for an overtly feminine scarlet midi skirt which I then toned down with a stripped white and navy blouse knotted at the waist & this striking bag! For accessories, I stuck to a simple gold watch and a pearl choker. The white sunglasses elevated the feminine, retro feel I was going for! When I am heading for events, I make sure that my perfume is just right because you’re going to be hugging almost everyone you see and smelling good is vital! A tip, spray some perfume at the nape of your neck so that when someone embraces you, they are instantly encircled by your scent!

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Perfume- Sexy Amber by Michael Kors, Clutch- Michael Kors, Jumpsuit- River Island, Lace insert- Pull&Bear, Shoes- Zara, Cuffs- Aldo, Chokers- Asos, Shot at- ISDI

The last occasion I was headed to, was a dinner date with my beau. Most looked forward to, this required me to rest the fashion frenzy in my head and go for a clean, sexy outfit.  This look was inspired by the Sexy Amber scent from Michael Kors, which is a warm fragrance of amber and sandalwood layered with white flowers for a seductive effect. I already had hints of the Citrus and Jasmine lingering on me but the Amber scent complimented them so well, creating a more personalized aroma. This was a coincidence but don't be afraid to layer your perfumes! Just make sure you layer complimentary notes or just combinations that work splendidly in unison.When I think of a date night look, black is my instant go to! This black jumpsuit with subtle lace details was an easy pick. I amped it up with a red lip, gold cuffs & added a snake print clutch to break the monotony of plains. I really just had a few minutes before he was here to pick me up, so I just took down that high pony tail and brushed my hair out to create easy, voluminous, loose curls! I threw in some essentials along with this tiny perfume bottle into my clutch and it all fit flawlessly.

I hope you’re eager to go in and give these stunning scents a quick sniff when you’re around a Michael Kors store next! Follow my Instagram account because there is something super exciting lined up for you! And do comment below and tell me whether your personal style is Sporty, Sexy or Glam! 
Also, thank you so much to Indian School of Design & Innovation to let us shoot some of these images in their spanking new indoor campus! You can find them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram


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Monday, July 14, 2014

Conventional Pauses

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Necklace & Bangles- Azva Jewellery, Jacket- DVAR, Slip dress- Topshop, Shoes- Zara, On my lips- Mac Lady Danger

My grandmother is probably the first woman I saw wearing gold bangles when I was kid. She loved her gold jewellery then and she still continues to wear some of those pieces till date, everyday. So whenever I think of Gold jewellery, she's the first person who comes to my mind. But I never understood her fondness for the metal because of the evolving jewellery trends we experienced. I couldn't fathom my mind around the fact that she would pick Gold jewellery with peculiar designs over the more contemporary counterparts until of course I came across Azva. The thing about fashion is, it repeats itself. In a way that you almost can't avoid it. But then this is more than just fashion, it's tradition. 

When I came across Azva, it was certainly time to change my mind about Gold jewellery. Not only did the designs have classic elements but also the right amount of modish edge. Every piece looked so unique and outstanding that it was hard to decide! Their jewellery has a brushed gold finish which was probably the first thing that attracted me to it. The intricate details on the jewellery makes it so lust worthy. All the pieces from Azva are 22 karat and despite it being a bridal jewellery brand, I found so many pieces that would be perfect to have in your collection forever! Each piece are fashioned by the finest craftsmen in the country and that's what makes it so eccentric. 

Most of us tend to generally fill in the shoes of a modern muse but when it comes to weddings, majority of the brides are favouring to return, giving the age old customs a nod and reveling in some traditional glory. For me, I love mixing more modern silhouettes with conventional elements to create what I would call a perfect balance.

The key is to mix the simplest of pieces with more opulent counterparts. For this outfit, my base was a very simple silk slip dress which formed the perfect base for this layered beauty. I also decided to layer some bracelets and bangles with intricate details which added texture and dimension. The jacket helped further elevate the style quotient of the look.

So be it a mehndi, a cocktail or even a beach wedding, this outfit would be your best bet to not only stand out from the usual expectations but also intrigue the style sensibilities of many. If you're not into necklaces or layering cuffs, you could even opt for a quirky mang tikka or some opulent earrings.

I can now relate to the fondness my grandmother displayed for Gold. I can see myself wearing these pieces through the years and styling them in so many different ways be it an Indian ensemble or otherwise.


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